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The author of the book: Paul Emil Erdman
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: September 15th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780812520163
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.25 MB
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While one more spy novel, especially about World War II seems unnecessary, the scope and subject of this one makes it worth a read. Focusing on the intelligence efforts in Switzerland, the novel (based on numerous facts and copiously referenced) involves a mix of historical and fictional figures.
The story moves quickly and is interesting. The setting is unusual compared to the other spy novels I've read, and the insight into intelligence, politics, Swiss banking and military strategy gives a different flavor to the narrative.
I learned a lot, and enjoyed doing so. I recommend the book for anyone interested in any of the subject "flavors."
Why didn't I give it five stars? I couldn't decide whether the references (which were included as footnotes) were worth reading or not and it became a distraction. I think I would have preferred references in an appendix for the literary citations, with footnotes for explanatory information.
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Read information about the authorPaul Emil Erdman was one of the leading business and financial writers in the United States who became known for writing novels based on monetary trends and historical facts concerning complex matters of international finance.
Erdman was born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents. He graduated from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He received his PhD from the University of Basel (in Switzerland). In 1958 he worked as a financial analyst for the European Coal and Steel Community. Between 1959 and 1961, he worked as an economist at the Stanford Research Institute at Menlo Park.
Erdman returned to Switzerland where in 1965, he founded and was the president of a Swiss bank - the Salik Bank. In 1969, the United California Bank in California bought a majority stake and renamed it the United California Bank in Basel. The bank collapsed after taking large losses speculating in the cocoa market. Erdman and other board members were accused of fraud and Erdman spent time in jail awaiting trial.
While in jail, he wrote his first novel - The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973). It received a 1974 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel and was published in the UK as The Billion Dollar Killing. He was released on bail and fled from Switzerland. He was subsequently convicted in absentia. His second novel, the The Silver Bears (1974) was turned into a 1978 movie of the same name, starring Michael Caine. His books were well researched and contain convincing details. Despite the underlying complexity of his novels, his lucid writing style had enabled readers to learn complex concepts such as interest rate swaps, and his novels had often been bestsellers. The information in The Swiss Account is credited with providing a basis for helping track down the assets of Jewish victims of the holocaust.
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